| ||Roofs can barely be seen over this mixture of wastewater, essence sand chemical products in which bacteria are developing especially as the temperatures go over 30°C during the day. On August 29 2005, Hurricane Katrina, a category 4 (the highest level is 5) hurricane hit the American coasts of the Gulf of Mexico. The force of the winds (over 200 km/h) made the waves submerge the protection dikes that broke in several places and flooded over 80% of the city. Several tens of thousands of people were imprisoned by the waves and over a thousand died. Most of the victims were part of the city’s poor (30% of inhabitants) who were not always able to leave the region. And yet, the disaster was partly avoidable since the local and federal authorities had warned about the risk of submersion linked to the dilapidated weak dikes and inadequate evacuation devices long before the disaster occurred.
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